RONALD ZINKOFF DOESN’T EVEN KNOW HE’S A LOSER OR REALLY CARE. HE LAUGHS ALONG WITH EVERYONE AT HIS FAILURES AND MISTAKES; DOESN’T UNDERSTAND WHY HE SHOULD BE UPSET ABOUT NOT WINNING A GAME WHEN ALL HE HAD WAS FUN AND WOULD GLADLY RELINQUISH HIS WINNING TROPHY TO A BOY WHO WAS ON THE LOSING TEAM WHO REALLY JUST WANTED THE TROPHY! RONALD’S PARENTS BRING RONALD UP TO HAVE A SUNNY ATTITUDE AND ACCEPT WHAT LIFE THROWS HIS WAY AND RONALD TRULY LOVES LIFE! AS HE GROWS OLDER AND ENTERS MIDDLE SCHOOL, HE DOES BECOME A LITTLE MORE SELF AWARE AND FEELS HE SHOULD PERHAPS DEVELOP A “LAUGH” RATHER THAN GIGGLE AT EVERYTHING AND, PERHAPS, HE SHOULDN’T YELL “YA-HOO!!” IN HIS EXCITEMENT ALTHOUGH SOMETIMES HE CANNOT HELP HIMSELF. HE CONTINUES TO DEVELOP INTO A FINE YOUNG MAN WHO MAY BE THE ODD MAN OUT, WHO NO ONE WANTS ON THEIR TEAM, BUT THAT NEVER STOPS ZINKOFF FROM DOING WHAT IS RIGHT AND HANGING IN THERE AGAINST THE ODDS.
A GREAT BOOK FOR YOUNG ADULTS!
MY HUSBAND’S 4TH GRADERS WILL GET A TREAT READING THIS FROM THEIR LIBRARY THIS SPRING.
From renowned Newbery-winning author Jerry Spinelli comes an incredible story about how not fitting in might just lead to an incredible life.
Just like other kids, Zinkoff rides his bike, hopes for snow days, and wants to be like his dad when he grows up. But Zinkoff also raises his hand with all the wrong answers, trips over his own feet, and falls down with laughter over a word like “Jabip.” Other kids have their own word to describe him, but Zinkoff is too busy to hear it. He doesn’t know he’s not like everyone else. And one winter night, Zinkoff’s differences show that any name can someday become “hero.”
With some of his finest writing to date and great wit and humor, Jerry Spinelli creates a story about a boy’s individuality surpassing the need to fit in and the genuine importance of failure. As readers follow Zinkoff from first through sixth grade—making this a perfect classroom read—and watch his character develop, it becomes impossible not to identify with and root for him through failures and triumphs.
Supports the Common Core State Standards Age Level: 8 – 12 | Grade Level: 3 – 7
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